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Google's stock is up 11% today as earnings beat expectations

Google's stock is up 11% today as earnings beat expectations

It's a big day for Google, and not just because the Pixel 5 is now available and the Pixel 4a 5G is up for pre-order. In fact, today's success probably has nothing to do with Pixels at all. Google parent company Alphabet just reported its third-quarter financial results, and numbers are looking good. So good, stocks are up 11% today.

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Spam in Calendar, Drive, and Photos will always be an issue if Google keeps trying to catch it after the fact

Spam in Calendar, Drive, and Photos will always be an issue if Google keeps trying to catch it after the fact

Another large wave of spam has been hitting Google Drive users over the past few weeks. You might have noticed it either through an email in your Gmail inbox or a notification on your phone — or both — saying that an unknown email address mentioned you in a document. The comment includes a URL that you should absolutely not click. This is not the first time spammers have abused Drive, Calendar, or even Photos, and it likely won't be the last. Google's steps to remedy the different situations have been nothing but a band-aid over a bleeding, gaping hole.

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Google 'updates' Docs, Sheets, and Slides app icons by placing them on big white plates

Google 'updates' Docs, Sheets, and Slides app icons by placing them on big white plates

When Google announced G Suite successor Workspace, it also took the opportunity to update the icons of its productivity apps, both for consumers and businesses. The new designs are slowly rolling out and have already reached Gmail, Drive, Meet, and Chat on many people's phones and computers. The latest design updates to hit Android phones are the Docs, Sheets, and Slides icons, and boy, they're a regression.

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Google adds new creepy (and cute) 3D AR creatures just in time for Halloween

Google adds new creepy (and cute) 3D AR creatures just in time for Halloween

Frightful times have fallen, and Google is getting into the swing of things with an array of special Halloween-themed 3D animals and objects. From a witchy cat wearing a pointy hat to a skeleton getting jiggy with it, summoning up some October thrills is now simply a search away.

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The 'Everything Button' is Google's new name for the Search and caps lock key on Chromebooks

The 'Everything Button' is Google's new name for the Search and caps lock key on Chromebooks

Google is renaming that keyboard button on Chromebooks that lives just above the left shift and below tab. And nope, it's not "caps lock." On Chromebooks, it was previously called the Search or Launcher button, but now Google is rebranding it as the Everything Button and changing other shortcuts to make better use of it.

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30 of the scariest Android games that are perfect for Halloween 2020

30 of the scariest Android games that are perfect for Halloween 2020

It's that spooky time of year once again. That's right, Halloween is almost here, and so I have updated our Halloween game roundup with the creepiest and scariest games currently available on the Google Play Store. Today's list is comprised of new and old releases alike, but rest assured, I've added in some of the scariest games to land in 2020 to ensure a suitable list for the buildup to Halloween. So without further ado, here are thirty of the spookiest Android games that are absolutely worthy of your playtime during Halloween 2020.

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Apple is reportedly stepping up efforts to build a Google Search replacement

Apple is reportedly stepping up efforts to build a Google Search replacement

Earlier this year, it came out that Google paid around $1.5 billion in 2019 to be the default search engine on various devices in the UK alone, most of which naturally goes to Apple. Factor in other countries, and it's likely to be a multi-billion dollar deal between the two tech behemoths (the DoJ estimates it at around $8-12 billion). It's a convenient arrangement that goes back more than a decade. Apple gets to serve the best search results to iPhone and iPad users, who in turn get served with Google's ads — everyone wins. Except for consumers, according to US antitrust authorities, and it's this increasing scrutiny that is pushing Apple to develop a competitive search engine of its own.

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Apple Music 3.4 now rolling out to everyone, with iOS 14 features in tow (APK Download)

Apple Music 3.4 now rolling out to everyone, with iOS 14 features in tow (APK Download)

Apple is preparing to launch iOS 14, and that means there are updates incoming for all of its system apps, including Music. It looks like the company is working on bringing over these latest changes to Android as soon as possible, as the latest Apple Music beta v3.4 already sports almost all of the new stuff that will come to iOS 14: there's a new icon, improved search, autoplay, and Listen Now, which replaces the For You section of old.

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Crash Bandicoot: On the Run is a new auto-runner from King, coming spring 2021

Crash Bandicoot: On the Run is a new auto-runner from King, coming spring 2021

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Google firms up hardware sustainability goals for the near future

Google firms up hardware sustainability goals for the near future

Last year, Google made a shaky promise to include recycled materials in all its products by 2022. According to the company, it's hit that goal early — all new Pixel and Nest products now include recycled materials in their design. In light of this success, Google has announced some new sustainability goals for the next few years.

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